Retirement Happiness Volume 2 – Issue 9 by Bill Storie

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By Bill Storie

Once again, to continue on from last week’s discussion about food.

We’ve already discussed quality and quantity of food. But there’s another angle to the food conundrum. Let me ask you a question, “Do you think that your taste buds have changed as you have got older..?”

Do you prefer hot food, cold food, spicy food, salty food, bitter food, sweet food (well, of course you like dessert !!)..? But did you always like for example curry or chili..? The addition of spices or condiments is also a factor in eating what we like, or liking what we eat.

The point is that we veer towards not just the food we eat but the tastes associated with it. That is not as simple as it sounds. For example, if you say you like pasta, you actually mean you like pasta as the food but, for example, marinara (tomato) as the taste, or the flavor. You may prefer a garlic-based pasta.

Food tolerance is largely dictated by taste. If you don’t like the taste, then regardless of whether the food agrees with you or not, the eating thereof will be determined by the taste. The concern therefore is that if there is a taste that you like, let’s say curry, but you know that curry powder causes you heartburn, then do you allow your taste buds to overrule your head..?

Unfortunately, as we said in a previous article, many of us oldsters take the “ I don’t care” attitude and because we love the taste of curry in this case, we eat the plateful anyway. We suffer the consequence later, but for the moment, we eat the lot. How smart is that..?

Have you ever been in a restaurant, looked at the menu, and seen something you know disagrees with you, but you say, “Hey it’s my birthday, I’ll have it.” Of course you have. We all have. So you see “older but wiser” doesn’t always rule. Does it matter anyway..?

The theme of this Series is Retirement Happiness, so perhaps the important thing here is to enjoy your food first and foremost. Clearly if you are medically impacted by certain foods, then you simply won’t eat them. But, leaving that aside, it is fine to let the tongue overrule the brain occasionally. Don’t overdo it though.

Eating to get energy, or fuel, is of course a fundamental reason to eat. Simple. But eating should also be enjoyable. Why would you eat bland, tasteless food just because it is the right thing to do…? You wouldn’t – or you shouldn’t. That is silly logic.

So, in the meantime …

Ask yourself this question:-

“Do I really deserve to eat that chocolate fudge sundae just because I like the taste of it…? (I’ll let you answer it yourself !!!)

“May you have Happiness all your Life”

The Olderhood Team.

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